LAMC mixes it up with “Handel / Pärt”

It was good to be back at Walt Disney Concert Hall last Sunday, and with a house that looked about 3/4 full, it seems plenty of other folks were glad to be there for the LA Master Chorale, as well. Starting the concert with “Prayer for Ukraine” by Mykola Lysenko, in a rich and evocative … Read more

Tonality season opener: “Borderline”, 10/27

Event report by Doug McDonald This morning I was compelled to look up the word “ensemble;” a group of musicians who perform together is the abridged version, and the definition goes on to talk about the coordination between performers executing their work together and speaks to the group viewed as a whole rather than individually. … Read more

Pasadena Master Chorale reaches across the Pond with ‘The English Cathedral’

If Los Angeles is indeed undergoing a cultural renaissance, the strength of that renaissance is seen in the level of excellence in the great multitude of regional choirs. Among the very best stand the Pasadena Master Chorale, under the direction of Jeffrey Bernstein. Under his direction, the PMC has blossomed into one of the finest … Read more

The Democratic Voice of the L.A. Master Chorale and Brahms’ Requiem

It’s been said that Los Angeles is in the middle of a cultural renaissance, and that the best art in the world is being produced right here. What some might not realize is that one of the finest choral ensembles in the world has been here for over 50 years. But it can be argued … Read more

Jasmine week

Southern California Vocal Events from Jim Eninger’s Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter from the South Bay “Three Wishes” — LAURI D GOLDENHERSH’s Weekly Highlights   Every year, the week before Memorial Day is like what I used to call “Jasmine Day”: there are bushes around, and they’re nice. But then there’s the day, every year (coming … Read more

UN choir sings of the ‘Silent Night’ we don’t see

Our readers and members know, of course, that choral singing is more than just a hobby, a skill or even a tradition.  Singing can heal, and can bring people together in profoundly meaningful ways. It can also be a powerful message-sending tool.  (For example, see Jakarta’s “Dialita Choir“.) So when young women from more than … Read more

“Open-hearted singing”: Tonality’s latest concert

by Ian Perry Walker, Lister reviewer This holiday season, as we gather together to share gifts, food, or simply to share stories and warmth, it is important for us to think of those less fortunate, those that suffer, those that find themselves without a home. Then, we need to look at the world directly around … Read more

New season marks 15 years for Bach Collegium San Diego

With a season announcement that marks a proud milestone, the highly regarded ensemble Bach Collegium San Diego has announced their season line-up for 2017-18. The offerings are firmly rooted in the Baroque gems that BCSD has become known for, with an array of works that show off the richness and variety within the period. My, how … Read more

Hope and chaos: LAMC shows Beethoven’s relevance amid downtown protests

After a week of jazzy contemplation and the never-ending loop of the La La Land soundtrack in my head (see it!), I was looking forward to hearing the Los Angeles Master Chorale perform Beethoven’s substantial Missa Solemnis on Saturday, January 21.  When artistic director Grant Gershon programmed and scheduled the work, however, he could not have known what … Read more

Singing the beat all the way to your toes

Do you dance?  It’s surprising to hear from classical singers and instrumentalists how little time they spend dancing.  A recent conversation may have shed some light, as one of our Listers explained, “We move a bit to the music we create, and the rest is in the mind.  It’s just internalized.” Okay, we might buy that. … Read more

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